The Kofford Family relocates to Colorado after 40 years as Californians. In December of 2007, Grandma Lorraine is diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer. Sadly, she passed away on Dec. 26th, 2008 after a year long courageous battle. Follow our journey as we keep Lorraine's memory alive, and as we learn to appreciate that each day we are given, is a gift to be enjoyed!

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
~Maria Robertson

Sunday, April 5, 2009

We love you Mickey Mouse, but there's no place like home...

We're home after a fun filled week at Disney World! So much to are a few highlights of the week!
Meeting Cinderella...after a mix up at the castle for a meet-the-princesses-dinner, we were given a pass to meet all the princesses without having to wait in line...unfortunately my camera shutter wouldn't open when they all gathered around. Luckily Disney photographers captured it all; I just need to purchase the photos! Thankfully my shutter opened for a glimpse of Cinderella and Ashlyn! What trip could be complete without an autograph from a favorite princess? :-)
Alice in Wonderland at Epcot...Mary Poppins was there too and said cute things like, "Spit Spot, come on over!"
Beautiful wildlife...
Impressive T-Rex model while waiting for the fun roller coaster...we got stuck on this ride for a few minutes, but after standing in line, it felt good to have some extra sitting time! hee hee

Parades and fireworks were always a lot of fun!

The rides...this Nemo ride was just my speed...S-L-O-W! hee hee

Dinner at the Rain Forest Cafe...the alligators, elephants, gorillas, etc...all move and "perform" during timed rain showers!

Here we are at started out rainy, but quickly the sunshine returned!

Dinner at the castle...Kyle and Tom were good sports as Cinderella's fairy Godmother and the mice danced and sung around us!

Relaxing at the resort...

Hooray...a special treat...getting to meet Anita from, "A wife, a woman, and a mom." Anita and I enjoyed a lovely lunch and walk around the beautiful, "Grand Floridian." Anita was just as warm, welcoming, and wonderful as she is on her blog! What a highlight to meet her! :-)

The whole family at Disney's Animal was a great week, but of course, "There's no place like home!" It was a humid 86 degrees when we left Orlando, and a dry 32 degrees when we returned! Although we miss the beautiful weather in Florida and having the magic of Disney all around, it's good to be home! :-)


Anita said...

Denise, you have some great photo memories there! I know the time and memories you built with your family will be with you for a long time.
I can't thank you and your family enough for the time I was able to spend with you, it was fabulous! It was like chatting with a long time friend and such fun.
I look forward to your next trip to the Sunshine state!

RunWithMe said...

Glad you made it home safely and sounds like you had a wonderful time...great pictures too.

Kim said...

Excited to see your post this morning before I go to church. Looks like you enjoyed the trip. Ashlyn especially looked over the moon. Can't wait to hear and see more! CM now has a disney download for their online books, that might be fun! Love you lots and glad it was a great trip!


Beth said...

We love WDW... so much fun... NYC was a blast, too...but I sure love being home! Spring break is now over! Boo Hoo

Lazy Mom Amanda said...

so glad you had fun. We did that a few years ago and lunch with Cinderella was the highlight. Those are precious memories. Welcome back to the land of the blogging!

Lucy Marie said...

WELCOME HOME!! We missed you. I'm so glad to hear that you had such a wonderful trip. Those are great memories that will last forever.

stefanie said...

Welcome home! To snow? Steve says it's snowing at his parents house.

Looks like your vacation was fabulous.

Lorri said...

Welcome Home Kofford's! Sorry you couldn't bring that weather back here! Love, The Steers

glitzen said...

Denise, I missed your blog so much, and YOU! I'm glad you had fun. The pics are so wonderful, love them all. There's nothing like little girls and disney princesses, we have lots of those stories and love them all!
I love your cheery blog music too. I will have to play it while I dance around the room or something. hee hee.
I'm so glad you had a good time. You deserve some fun after a very rough start to the year. I'm glad you took the time to go and just enjoy being together as a family.
Hope we can "chat" sometime soon. I'm jealous of your blogger friend that you got to meet! Pout! :)

It's Always Something Around Here said...

What great memories you will have!

We love WDW!!!!

Sofia Striffler said...

Glad you had a great time. Missed you this week. Talk to you soon. Looks like loads of fun

Jeanette said...

Looks like you all had such a magical time! Glad you had fun!!!

Lazy Mom Leslie said...

Hi Denise,
So happy you are home and had such a great time! You got some great family pictures! Welcome back! We missed you!

DeClercq said...

Welcome Back! Glad all went well and everyone had a great time! I agree...there is No Place Like Home!

Are the kids back in school today or do they have one more week off?

I know your busy unpacking and doing laundry, laundry and more laundry!


Faith said...

Looks like y'all had so much fun!! Disney is a magical place and I'm glad you got to spend the week there with your family. Glad you're back too =)

Taryn said...

I am glad you had a good time! My husband and I were just there in October- so it is fun to see your pictures and remember our trip!

Anonymous said...

Fun pictures!
Great memories!
Family treasures!
Love to all!

Sue said...

Great photos.... thanks for sharing your wonderful trip! There IS no place like home, eh? :-)

Welcome Home!


Melissa said...

Cute, cute, cute pics! I love D-world, it is such a magical place. So glad you all enjoyed your trip, and it is nice to have you back blogging!

MiMi said...

Oh, it looks like a perfectly wonderful trip, Denise.The picture of Ashlyn with Cinderella is just adorable! What a beautiful family you have. Those are memories that your children will have for the rest of their lives.

I am so glad that you and Anita got to meet up with each other, too. That must have been so much fun!

I am so glad that your family had such a great vacation and I am also thankful that you arrived back home safely. I'm with you --there's no place like home!